Did you know today is Origami Day?
There is a day for everything it seems! Origami has a long and diverse history and originates in Asia and Europe. If you want to know more you can read about it over on the Days Of The Year website.
I love a variety of arts and crafts. Especially paper crafts.
EASY origami, is one I’ve come back to over and over through the years.
It’s intrigued me for a long time and the book at the top is the 1st one I got as a gift back when I was a young girl.
I think my interest began in 1st or 2nd grade when someone made, or had us make a paper boat like this one HERE. (A free PDF to print.)
The next to intrigue me was the jumping paper frogs.
When I got a little older I got The Complete Origami Course book shown at the top of the post and dabbled, trying a few things over time.
It’s interesting to see the variety of ways origami has been used.
For some it’s a hobby, for other’s it’s a tradition or part of a culture. It’s been used as entertainment such as the toys I listed above, tools such as envelopes or paper cups, and even more importantly, to spread hope for cancer, as in the book, 1000 Paper Cranes.
Another useful origami tool, and one of my favorites, is small origami boxes that I learned to make from my mother, probably in my early teens. I found a really quick 1 1/2 minute video for you to watch. It’s a little different than the way I’ve done it, but it looks like it works well, so I’ll be trying it soon with some of my finished coloring pages.
Here you go:
So now that you have some ideas to work with, go grab some of your own finished coloring pages and start creating! You can have fun yourself, but why not share with others like your friends and family? Gather up some paper and make an origami evening tonight!
Here’s to more folding,